Exercising is one of the cornerstones of good health, along with never kissing anything at the doctor's office. Keep your body in check with this Groupon.
$36 for Four BarreAmped Fitness Classes ($72 Value)
During one-hour BarreAmped classes, an instructor has students hold challenging positions at a ballet barre and incorporate concepts of Pilates, yoga, and dance. As they perform each pose, participants make small, isolated movements that aim to tone and elongate muscles, rev the metabolism, and burn fat. All level of students are welcome and no dance background is needed. To help students achieve optimal results, instructors correct and refine their postures throughout the hour. See the class schedule.
The key to any workout regimen is burning calories, yet our bodies are always burning calories. Discover how with Groupon's exploration of the body's inner furnace.
Calories: The Original Renewable Energy
In all of weight loss, there may be no concept less aptly named than the “low-calorie” diet. That’s because the calorie unit we associate with food actually refers to kilo calories—meaning when we say, “2,000 calories a day,” we actually mean 2,000,000. A calorie is a unit of heat, or energy—specifically, the energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1 degree Celsius. And if the number of calories we ingest is bad news, the upside is that we are burning them all the time.
A certain amount of calories—about 60%–75% of the calories you burn each day—are needed to sustain the body's unconscious functions, such as breathing and circulation. Known as basal metabolic rate, the specific percentage depends on factors such as size and body composition, gender, and age (typically, as people get older, fat makes up a larger portion of body weight, causing calories to burn more slowly). Digestion makes up about another 10% of the calories burned, leaving physical activity to account for the rest.
During exercise, the muscles contract, causing the body's adenosine triphosphate (ATP) molecules to break down as the heart continues to pump faster and faster—increasing the body’s demand for more energy. Once the muscles have depleted the day’s caloric intake, they turn to other calorie sources to fuel the fire—making weight loss possible as the body begins to sacrifice fat cells to the god of the treadmill.
Bella Barre Fitness
The dynamic classes at Bella Barre Fitness combine elements of Pilates, yoga, and dance with body-toning poses performed on a ballet barre. During workouts, instructors guide exercisers through isolated movements that aim to tone and elongate muscles, rev the metabolism, and burn fat more efficiently than wearing a George Foreman grill. Instructors correct and refine students' postures throughout the class to help them master the barre fitness routine. Students of all ability levels are welcome, and no dance background is needed to participate.